“We look at our new friendships through the pain of our old ones. We measure our new love against the toxic romantic partners of the past. We look at a similar opportunity and automatically determine its success or failure relative to what we have attempted before. Lastly, some of us even dream, plan and/or strategize within the limitations of our last failure. When the Father makes all this new, things change and it’s okay to believe that what you’re seeing is different this time.”©Simone Holloway, 2020.
“Can I encourage you into a new mindset today? Into a new habit or practice? As you enter into this newness, embrace endings! Embrace endings, for at each end is a new beginning.”©Simone Holloway, 2020.
“I was no longer living for church politics or for people who did not create me to accept me, I was accepted already. I attended dances, went to mixers, traveled all over the country for conferences, and went on day trips- I was having the time of my life! I became free.”©Simone Holloway, 2019
Yet, is not shame like that? You will spend your whole life believing in your pursuit or call and the response of the one you love will make you second guess your covenant. What you looked upon with pride, you now look upon with regret. I think that experiences like Iris’ or even mine during my college years have the power to shape us. We can either stick to our conviction, or to win the love of another we can compromise.”©Simone Holloway, 2019
It’s hard, to tell the truth when you’ve committed to your fantasy. It’s easier to ignore red flags when you’re dedicated to the lie.©Simone Holloway, 2019
“Why do we stay in awful situations? This is the question that I woke up pondering. Why do we stay with emotionally, mentally and physically abusive people? Why do we submit ourselves to toxic unhealthy church environments? Why do we settle into office cultures that break our spirits? Why do we hold onto friends that don’t have our best interest at heart? Why do we stay even when God gives us a way out, time and time again? Why?!?!?!” ©Simone Holloway, 2019